Paradigm Shift

A shift from an ethic of exploitation to an ethic of right relationship is essential for individuals and for society. This will entail change from a focus on material goods to holistic well-being; from excess to sufficiency; from exclusion to inclusion; from competition to cooperation; from pursuing privilege to serving the common good; from the pre-eminence of humanity to the reverence for all life.

Toward this end we will be guided by the wisdom of our sacred scriptures and religious traditions, especially Sabbath traditions of Leviticus and Deuteronomy and the inclusive table of Jesus, which

  • provides enough for everyone, with no one storing up more than is needed;
  • cares for the widow, orphan, stranger and traveler;
  • honors a weekly Sabbath, providing rest and human restraint from busy, frenetic economic activities;
  • allows the land to rest every seven years;
  • decrees a Jubilee every 50 years, when slaves are freed, debts cancelled and families have their land restored to them; and
  • models the breaking of bread, by creating strong communities built on care for one another.

Books

  1. A moral climate: The ethics of global warming by Michael S. Northcott, Orbis Books, 2007
  2. Right Relationships: Building a Whole Earth Economy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009
  3. Ecology and liberation: A new paradigm by Leonardo Boff, Orbis Books, 1993
  4. The greening of faith: God, the environment and the good life edited by John E Carroll, Paul Brockelman and Mary Westfall, University of New Hampshire, 1997
  5. The body of God: An ecological theology by Sallie McFague, Fortress Press, 1993
  6. A new climate for theology: God, the world and global warming by Sallie McFague, Fortress Press, 2008
  7. Christianity and science: Toward a theology of nature by John F. Haught, Orbis Books, 2007
  8. Passion for the earth: The Christian vocation to promote justice, peace and the integrity of creation by Sean McDonagh
  9. To care for the earth: A call to a new theology by Sean McDonagh
  10. Earth community Earth ethics by Larry L. Rasmussen, Orbis Books, 1996
  11. God the economist: The doctrine of God and political economy by M. Douglas Meeks, Fortress Press, 1989

Websites

Forum on Religion and Ecology

Share the World’s Resources

Global Footprint Network

Global climate change movement – 350.org

Toward a New Consciousness: Values to Sustain Human and Natural Communities

The Preservation Institute

Articles

The Problems with Air Conditioning, by Dave Kane

Who owns the sky?, by Pamela Haines

Three Numbers You Should Know, by Dave Kane

Living Well Beyond Money by Julia Wartenberg

Thinking Globally, Action Locally on Climate Change by Marianne Comfort

Truly Measuring Prosperity, by Pamela Haines

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